The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on Wednesday made it known that the attack on the judiciary by some political actors was a threat to the nation’s foundation and the development of democratic governance in the country.
Dickson said that the onslaught on judiciary was aimed at weakening and destroying its independence.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, quoted Dickson as making the comment during the swearing-in of two new High Court Judges at Government House, Yenagoa.
Those sworn-in are, Justice Iniekinimi Uzakah, a former Registrar of the High Court, and Justice Abasi Youngman, former Acting Director, Civil Litigation Department, Ministry of Justice.
The governor called on Nigerians to give the necessary support and encouragement to the judiciary as an independent arm of government.
He said that the judiciary was important as the final arbiter in disputes between individuals and organizations under the Nigerian constitution.
He said: “Today I want to use the opportunity to call on the political leaders our country not to tear down our Judiciary, not to tear down the place of the Judiciary in their quest for power, domination and control because by so doing, you will be tearing down the foundations of our country.
“The constitution under which all of us have been brought together has created room for all organs of Government, the same constitution that vest control of resources, for example, on a federation, that same constitution has prescribed a role and a place for our judiciary to be an impartial arbiter”.
He applauded the nation’s courts, especially the Apex Court for displaying courage despite being faced with difficult circumstances and harsh environment to administer justice in accordance with expectations.
Dickson, who described the newly sworn-in High Court judges as gentlemen reminded them of the high nature and calling of the office, and urged them to use the law as a shield for the people and administer it to all irrespective of status.
He said: “Today is a thing of joy where two worthy gentlemen have been elevated to the bench with enough experience acquired. So I charge and remind you of the high nature and calling of the office and remind you also to administer justice to all our people who come to your court.
“Remember to use the law as a shield of our people and not to use the law to add to the terrible condition and circumstances under which our people live. The law should be a servant of our people, the law should be a defendant of our people, it should be invoked for the right causes and justice should be administered to all irrespective of status”.
The governor also commended the leadership provided by the state Chief Judge, Justice Kate Abiri, and praised the judiciary in the state as one of the most stable, productive, hardworking and reputable in the country.
He called for elevation of more Judges to decongest the workload of judges in order to ensure speedy dispensation of cases.
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